Thursday 13 November 2014

Loving Truth and Peace—12

 Revisiting Recreancy

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Recreancy means cowardly betrayal. It is the opposite of courageous love—courageously loving people in truth and peace.  There is a brief, earlier entry about recreancy on this weblog:
One of the most gripping examples of recreancy in film that I have seen is in The Kite Runner (2007), based on the 2003 book of the same name by Khaled Hoessini. “…it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father's young Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

In the film, you see recreancy deceptively seeping into the friendship of Amir and Hassan.  For example, Amir does not defend Hassan in his time of need, then Amir discredits/shames him, then Amir abandons him—all unbeknownst to Hassan. Things have a chance to change though later in life, but that is for you to read or see for yourself. :-)

Here is a scene from the movie, reflecting the opposite of recreancy: Hassan’s courageous love for Amir in spite of how the latter treats him.

Bind truth and faithfulness around your neck 
and write them on your heart.
Proverbs 3:3

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